Right after Thanksgiving and Halloween, it seems like we blink and we are in full holiday preparation mode. Every year we promise that this is the year we will relax and enjoy the holiday season but as the days get shorter and colder we become sucked into the vortex of parties, shopping, decorating, and the stress that comes along with it. One study reported that 20% of Canadians would prefer to skip Christmas all together. While that sounds like the plot to a holiday movie, the combined stress of time, money, and gift-getting is all too real. Not to mention
Metabolic dysfunctions are fast becoming major risk factors for cardiovascular incidents ie. myocardial infarction, stroke, and non-ischemic cardiovascular disease. The constellation symptoms indicative of metabolic dysfunction include: central obesity (apple body types), glucose intolerance and insulin resistance (eg. non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), hypertension, dyslipidemia, high markers of inflammation, and poor clotting (hyperfibrinolysis). Given the wide array of symptoms metabolic syndrome was often overlooked, though the current criteria have been established, with three of the five required for diagnosis:
In recent years attention has shifted from total fat to the distribution of fat on a person’s body. The classic apple body type, with the majority of
As mentioned above dyslipidemia is part of the diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome, but what does that mean exactly? Well simply put it means high
People with chronically elevated blood sugar levels are twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and are five times more likely to experience a heart attack. Other frequent complications of having unstable blood sugar levels include retinal damage, blindness (this constitutes 8% of blindness cases in the US), unhealthy blood pressure levels (73% of persons with blood sugar disorders have elevated blood pressure), neuropathy (affecting 60-70% of patients with blood sugar disorders), unhealthy blood vessels, dental disease, increased susceptibility to infections, stroke, kidney failure (main cause of dialysis in developed countries) and ulcer formation, which can lead to tissue damage and amputation (one amputation every 30 seconds worldwide). In some patients, especially earlier in the disease process, exercise, dietary changes and weight loss may restore insulin sensitivity and normalize blood sugar levels. Patients that control their blood sugar levels minimize the damage to their organs (mainly kidneys, blood vessels and eyes) and their incidence of complications is significantly reduced and nearly normal.
High Blood Pressure:
19% of Canadian adults have an unhealthy blood pressure level. Having an unhealthy blood pressure level can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, heart attack